FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Fed Up with Covenant Care’s Unwillingness to Negotiate a Fair Contract, Hundreds of Nursing Home Workers to Picket at Facilities Throughout the State

Covenant Care Nursing Home Workers Demand Quality Care and a Quality Contract

CALIFORNIA – Tomorrow, SEIU Local 2015 nursing home workers will launch first ever pickets at Covenant Care Nursing Facilities throughout the state following management’s refusal to agree to quality contracts which promote fair wages, health benefits and quality care.

“Covenant Care claims ‘20 years of compassion and dedication’ but where is the compassion for their employees?” said nursing home worker Latosha Evans. “We come to work every day to dedicate quality care to our patients but every day it gets a little tougher. I have body aches and back pains but I’m too scared to go to the doctor because I’m going to be stuck paying a high deductible. I keep pushing because my patients need me and giving up on them is not an option.”

Some caregivers are only being offered minimum wage with health benefits that include a deductible of $2,000. At the last meeting with Covenant Care, management refused to honor wage increases or consider a better and affordable health plan option.

According to Provider Magazine, Covenant Care is one of the largest nursing facility companies in the country, ranking #19 out of a list of 50 companies. The chain also made news after California nursing homes received $880 million in additional state funding to help boost wages and staffing levels but California Watch discovered that some facilities did the opposite. According to California Watch, of the homes that cut staffing, 13 were owned by Covenant Care. They found that Covenant Care’s facilities cut back on caregivers even as they got $15 million in additional funding. Furthermore, “the average profit at those 13 homes reached more than $900,000 in 2008 – three times higher than the remaining 632 homes analyzed by California Watch.”

“When multi-million dollar companies like these try to take advantage of working people, it adds fuel to the fire,” said Latrena Favors, a nursing home Organizer for SEIU Local 2015. “Caregivers take care of your mother, grandfather, and even your injured or disabled child and they deserve dignity and respect. Money isn’t an issue for Covenant Care – the issue is they don’t want to give their caregivers and patients what they need and deserve. Patients need an adequate amount of caregivers to provide quality care to them, and caregivers need to be treated with dignity and respect to be able to do their jobs. Covenant Care seems to have forgotten that and we’re here to remind them.”

SEIU Local 2015 represents about 800 nursing home workers at 8 Covenant Care facilities throughout the state. Caregivers have agreed to continue targeting Covenant Care until they reach a favorable agreement at their next meeting scheduled for November 11.

WHO: Hundreds of SEIU Local 2015 nursing home workers in California

WHEN: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

WHAT: Hundreds of nursing home workers picket at Covenant Care nursing home facilities throughout the state and digital call-to-action:

GILROY Gilroy Health Care and Rehab Center 8170 Murray Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020

MOUNTAIN VIEW Grant Cuesta Sub Acute and Rehab Center 1949 Grant Rd, Mountain View, CA 94040

SACRAMENTO Capital Transitional Care 6821 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95822

FB live stream at 3:45PM Live streaming of picket will take place on SEIU Local 2015’s Facebook page. The public will also be invited to contact Covenant Care directly urging them to offer quality care and quality contracts at their facilities.

VISUALS: Nursing home workers wearing purple scrubs Leafletting to the public urging them to contact Covenant Care management Chanting and picketing outside of facilities

Follow the conversation: @SEIU2015   #FairContractNOW

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September 20th, 2016
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